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USHL a stepping-stone to OHL for Rangers’ Magyar

by Jason Menard
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Nick Magyar - Kitchener Rangers

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Nick Magyar is the Rangers leading scorer so far in 2013-14 with 35 points in 47 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Nick Magyar may be a rookie in the OHL, but to hear him talk about it, he took care of those rookie jitters last year with a one-year sojourn in the USHL.

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Pouliot, Reinhart among top drafted WHL defensemen

by Glen Erickson
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Derrick Pouliot - Team WHL

Photo: Portland Winterhawks defenseman and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot is currently tied for third in scoring among WHL defensemen with 44 points (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Our ranking of the top defensemen in the WHL includes a mix of offensively gifted players and prototypical “shut down” defensemen. For this list, the criteria we used ranks drafted and/or signed NHL prospects currently playing in the WHL.

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Victor Hedman headlines Tampa Bay Lightning 2009 NHL Draft class

by Chris Roberts
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Victor Hedman - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman was the second overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Hedman currently has 10 goals and 22 assists through 46 2013-14 games with the Lightning. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

The 2008-09 season was a frustrating one for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They finished with a league-worst 24 wins and managed only 66 total points. The team was particularly weak in their own end, as they allowed an average of 32 shots per game and finished the season with a 3.28 goals against average.

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Kapanen the top prospect out of Finland for the 2014 NHL Draft

by Tony Piscotta
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Kaapo Kahkonen - Team Finland

Photo: Espoo Blues Junior A goaltender and 2014 prospect Kaapo Kahkonen is considered one of the top goaltending prospects coming out of Europe for this year’s NHL Draft (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

At the midpoint of the season the number of prospects from Finland likely to be drafted in the 2014 NHL Draft — due in part to several top Finnish prospects now playing junior hockey in North America — appears to be down slightly from the past two seasons.

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Sting’s DeAngelo focused on team goals rather than NHL Draft

by Jason Menard
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Anthony DeAngelo - Sarnia Sting

Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2014 prospect Anthony DeAngelo is currently the top offensive defenseman in the OHL, having produced 60 points in 41 games so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There may be a measure of impatience in how Sarnia Sting blueliner Anthony DeAngelo approaches his hockey career, but it certainly doesn’t have him running to see where the scouts have him on their rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.

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AHL Western Conference notebook, January, 2014

by Tony Androckitis
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Spencer Abbott - Toronto Marlies

Photo: Toronto Marlies forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Spencer Abbott is currently ranked fifth in scoring in the AHL with 42 points in 40 games (courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

With the American Hockey League season passing the midway point, a great deal of young prospects have already made some noise with their respective NHL clubs while others continue to adjust to the pro-style game.

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Minnesota Wild 2009 draft yielding NHL results this season

by Peter Prohaska
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Darcy Kuemper - Minnesota Wild

Photo: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, a fifth round selection by Minnesota in 2009, has shown well in the NHL when called upon due to injuries in the Wild crease (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

The 2009 NHL Draft was the first for Chuck Fletcher as the Wild's second General Manager. From our vantage point today, Wild's team performed admirably in commencing the tough work of resetting a franchise whose fortunes had been dimmed early on by a combination of myopia and bad luck at the draft board.

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Two prospects taken in 2009 Draft remain with Edmonton Oilers

by Kady Hobbins
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Anton Lander - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Anton Lander, Oklahoma City Barons captain and part-time Oiler, is one of two players remaining from Edmonton’s 2009 draft clas (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

As we look back at the 2009 NHL Draft, there are a few familiar names that are still active in the Oilers prospect system, but the majority have moved on from their affiliation with Edmonton.

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2009 NHL Draft marked beginning of defensive rebuild for Pittsburgh Penguins

by Ian Altenbaugh
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Simon Despres - Pittsburgh Penguins

Photo: Defenseman Simon Despres was the 30th overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft. Despres has split the 2013-14 season between the NHL and AHL. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The 2009 NHL off-season was one of the most important in Pittsburgh Penguins history as it marked their first Stanley Cup parade in over 15 years. The off-season also marked a major transition period for the Penguins as General Manager Ray Shero and his management team used the opportunity to rebuild the organization's then-barren defensive pool.

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